Steven Carpenter

August 22, 1964 ~ August 23, 2022 (age 58)


Dr. Steven M. “Papaw” Carpenter -  Steven Michael Carpenter passed away on Tuesday, August 23rd at the age of 58 following a short illness. 

He is survived by his beloved wife of 35 years Michele Lynn “Mick” Carpenter, son Jeremy (Kylene) Carpenter, daughter Amanda (Kevin) Uhl, daughter Emilie (Stephen) Wright, son Andrew (Abigale) Carpenter, grandchildren Kenzie, Kelsey, Tyler, Olivia, Sophia, Lily, Sadie, Hayden, Elijah, Evelyn, Austin, Rhett, and Zeke, mother Jane (Ed) Boreman (Slate), and brother John Carpenter. 

Steve was raised in Doylestown, Ohio and resided in Casper, Wyoming for several years before returning to Cincinnati, Ohio to be closer to his children and grandbabies. He traveled the globe extensively for both work and pleasure having reached every continent but one. Antarctica doesn’t know what it missed!

Steve received a BA in Physics from Earlham College, an MA in Public Policy from Antioch University, and his PhD from California Institute of Integral Studies. He became an internationally recognized subject matter expert on enhanced oil recovery, climate change, carbon and risk management issues, and proudly chaired numerous technical advisory groups under the International Standards Organization (ISO).  His efforts led to the development and publication of several internationally recognized standards. After serving as Director of the Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute at the University of Wyoming, he achieved his lifelong goal of successfully launching his consulting firm, Carpenter Global.

Steve was passionate about football, played in high school and college, with both his sons following in his footsteps. He coached at the high school and semi-pro levels for decades and was proudly the offensive line coach at St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati under his longtime friend, head coach Steve Specht. His son Jeremy is currently their receivers coach, and his son Andrew was the starting center of their 2007 state championship team. 

As accomplished as he was in his academic and professional life, nothing meant more to him than his wife, children, and grandbabies. To his family, friends, and colleagues the world over, he was truly a larger-than-life personality. A celebration of life will be held at St. Xavier High School at 600 W. North Bend Rd. Cincinnati, Ohio 45224 on Saturday, September 3, 2022, at 12:30 p.m. (no tie necesssary). In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations in Steve’s name to the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati. Online obituary and guest registry are available at

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Celebration of Life
September 3, 2022

12:30 PM
St. Xavier High School
600 W. North Bend Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45224


Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati
4623 Wesley Ave., Cincinnati OH 45212

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